Democrat Doug Jones narrowly defeated GOP candidate Roy Moore in Alabama’s highly-contested Senatorial special election on Tuesday; sending a liberal legislator to represent the Cotton State for the first time in over two decades.
Jones claimed victory with 99.9% of the vote reporting, clinging to a razor-thin margin of 49.9% to Moore’s 48.4%, saying “We have come so far and the people of Alabama have spoken.”
All eyes now turn to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell
“Alabama has been at a crossroads. We have been at crossroads in the past. And unfortunately, we have usually taken the wrong fork. Tonight, ladies and gentlemen, you took the right road,” he added.
President Trump congratulated Jones on social media late Tuesday evening, saying the GOP will have “another shot” at the Senate seat in a “very short period of time,” but added that a “win is a win” for the Democratic party.
“Congratulations to Doug Jones on a hard fought victory. The write-in votes played a very big factor, but a win is a win. The people of Alabama are great, and the Republicans will have another shot at this seat in a very short period of time. It never ends!” Trump tweeted.
All eyes now turn to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and his push to pass tax reform legislation before the GOP majority shrinks by one vote when Jones is sworn into office.
MOORE TROUBLE: Judge Roy Moore Trails Democrat by 12% in New Poll
Embattled GOP Senate nominee Roy Moore currently trails his Democratic opponent by 12% in a new poll conducted in the aftermath of the Alabama judge’s allegations of sexual misconduct with teenaged girls.
The survey, conducted by the National Republican Senatorial Committee, shows Democrat Doug Jones pulling ahead of Moore 51% to 39%.
The numbers provide new ammunition to those urging the Alabama politician to exit the race after more women step forward accusing the judge of “inappropriate” relationships.
“The poll shows a dramatic turn against Moore in Alabama: In early October, a committee poll had him leading by 16 points, and a survey early this month had him up by 9 points. Moore’s favorability numbers also tanked, from 49 percent in early October to 35 percent in the NRSC’s latest poll,” writes Politico.
The survey comes as top Republicans –including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell- openly call for Attorney General Jeff Sessions to run as a write-in candidate to fill the same seat he left vacant to join the Trump administration.
FINAL STRETCH: Roy Moore Arrives at Polling Station on HORSEBACK
GOP Senate hopeful Roy Moore arrived in style at his local polling station on Tuesday, showing up on horseback to vote for himself in his hotly-contested special election against Democrat Doug Jones.
Video of Moore’s arrival surfaced on social media Tuesday, showing the Alabama judge and his wife riding into Gallant, Alabama to cast their crucial vote.
WATCH: Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore arrives to vote on horseback.
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This isn’t the first time Moore rode his horse –reportedly named ‘Sassy’- to his polling station.
The judge also rode horseback to cast his vote during his GOP primary challenge against sitting Alabama Senator Luther Strange.
The embattled nominee is facing a tough challenge from Democrat Doug Jones after weeks of accusations of sexual misconduct have plagued Moore’s campaign. Last month, the GOP hopeful was accused of pursuing inappropriate sexual relationships with multiple women when they were teenagers nearly 40 years ago.